The tradition of distributing wedding favours is a very old one. A bonbonniere was believed to be the first wedding favour and was a small box made of crystal, porcelain and/or precious stones and the contents were normally sugar cubes or sweets, which were to symbolise wealth and royalty (sugar being a very expensive commodity). As sugar became more affordable the tradition of gifts for the guests spread to the not so well off as well as the aristocracy, and the cubes were replaced with almonds. Almonds continued to be distributed for centuries. Traditionally, five almonds were boxed or lavishly wrapped to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.
Today wedding favours are shared in cultures all over the world and have become part of the wedding reception planning. Modern favour contents vary from almonds to perfumed soap to lottery tickets to chocolates. They can be personalised with messages from the bride and groom, whatever your choice, choose a presentation style that coordinates with your wedding stationery. Each favour box/package will come empty ready for filling and trimmed to match your stationery making a perfect keepsake for your guests to remember your big day.
Combine your place-cards with your favours by putting name tags on the favours – keeping to tradition and saving you some money!